Marlin’s Golden 39A Mountie

When I went through my lever-action phase decades ago, I picked up a Marlin Golden 39A Mountie so I could shoot a lot with .22 Rimfire ammunition. That’s wishful thinking these days considering the cost and limited availability of .22s, but it’s still a fun gun to shoot. It feeds and functions reliably with Short, Long or Long Rifle ammunition, so if I happen upon some long-forgotten old dusty box of any of those in some gas station or hardware store with an equally dated price tag on it, I can snatch it up cheap and know it will work.

Marlin made the Mountie from 1953 to 1972 and it embodies what I think a “classic” lever-action should. It’s all walnut and steel—the only plastic on the gun is the buttpad, white-line spacer and “bullseye” inletted into the buttstock. Sights are quality steel with the “stepped elevator” that never goes out of adjustment, and the front sight has a brass bead that can be polished up if you want it bright. The only thing I’m not wild about is the “Micro-Groove” rifling. Don’t get me wrong, it works great, but given the style of the gun, I’d prefer conventional rifling instead.

One neat thing about the gun is that it’s a take-down. All you have to do is loosen a thumbscrew on the side of the receiver to break the gun down into two pieces for stowing in a backpack. It’s pretty accurate, too. I couldn’t tell you how many head-shots I’ve made on squirrels using it with .22 Short hollow-points, but it’s a lot. Hopefully one day folks will quit hoarding .22 Rimfire and it will come back down in price and become available so my kids and I can start enjoying this rifle again like we should.

I know the ammo makers are churning out .22 Rimfire as fast as they can. In other countries I’ve been to, there isn’t an availability problem so I’d like your thoughts on what’s going on with .22s. I know folks here snatch up bricks as soon as they’re put on the shelves and then either hoard or resell them for ridiculous prices at gun shows. Even at retail I’ve seen bricks of off-brand rimfire priced at $99 at a discount sporting goods store, which is stupid high. What’s the situation like where you are?

 

 

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Mikial

    Marlins are great guns. I don’t have a .22 version, but cherish my 30-30.

  • Roy Dowd

    I live in the state of NJ. Some .22 LR ammo is available infrequently and always the expensive match grade stuff. It’s been years since I’ve seen a box of CCI of any kind on the shelf. I own various firearms but seem to use .22 LR the most. Be it for plinking, hunting or teaching my little guy safe firearm handling with a low recoil round. I can’t quite figure who’s hoarding it because no one I now seems to be able to find any to hoard. It’s gotten almost to the conspiracy level – the government is buying it all up so we the right wing gun nuts can’t get any. For the time being, I’ll continue buying in bulk on Gunbroker and paying double the price plus shipping.

    • You are STILL short on 22 up there? Holy crap!

      Marky

    • Mikial

      I haven’t had any real difficulty finding .22, usually on-line but at Wal Mart as well. Rather than Gunbroker, try Ammo Seek (link below). GB seems to hover at $.07 to .08/round. I find the price for online purchases to be around $.06/rd. Just wanted to suggest it. We’ve got quite a lot of it in our cans. Not hoarding because we’ve got quite a lot of everything. My wife and I go to the range weekly, when I’m not in the field, and we go through quite a lot of ammo. Her warm-up gun is always our Ruger 22/45, so good ,22 is essential.

      http://ammoseek.com/ammo/22lr

      • Roy Dowd

        Thank you for the suggestions, Mikial. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to respond. I will give Ammoseek a try.

        • I agree. Solid post.

          Marky

          • Mikial

            Thank you. Believe it or not, but this blog is the only one that is never full of shit.

      • Brennen Munro

        My wife was shooting with me just just a few days ago, and we were shooting my High Standard “Supermatic Citation” .22cal, she enjoyed it enough to ask about us getting a 22/45! I like it when that happens, and I am always having her try out different firearms in hopes that one will grab her attention! It is a great way to have her on board for new purchases!

        Munro

        • Mikial

          By all means get her one. My wife always starts out with ours. She says it has the best trigger of any of our handguns.

          • Brennen Munro

            I have hopes that she will say that she would like one. Right now we are in the middle of getting new windows, we just did 8 and had 2 sliding glass doors put in.. We have 8 more to do upstairs, and then we move to the downstairs… So if I can get a purchase to happen anytime over the next 2 years I will be ahead of the game!

            Munro

          • Mikial

            I hear you, Brother.

            I just sold one of my Desert Eagles to buy one of the new Jerichos in .45ACP. Of course, I had some extra left over for other fun like more ammo, but it was still a painful parting. On the other hand, I have a good excuse now to pick up the caliber conversions for my remaining Desert Eagle, so it isn’t all bad.

          • Brennen Munro

            I have a couple of mid-80’s production, West German built Sig 228’s. I have been thinking of selling one of them so I would have some money to purchase some items like new sights, and stuff for some of my other guns. It will be hard to see one of them go, but money is otherwise to tight to even think about doing some of the things I want, and then having some left over to offset the cost of getting a 22/45 Lite weight! For some reason those Sig guys seen to think that the W-German built 228 models are worth more than others, and mine are in fantastic shape, so we will see how it goes…

            Munro

          • Mikial

            Good luck and i wish you the best. let us know how it goes.

          • Brennen Munro

            Thanks Mikial, I’ll do that!

            Munro

          • Hmmm….how much for the 228? That’s a neat gun.

            Marky

          • Since this is OUR sight, I have no problems buying and selling guns here!

            Marky

          • Brennen Munro

            I have no idea what it is worth, but what ever price it would bring would need to be fair for each party, I do not want to take advantage of anyone. Maybe Scott would have an idea… I would need to do some checking, but I do think that some of the Sig fanboys are over paying.

            Munro

        • She’s a keeper.

          Marky

          • Brennen Munro

            Yes she truely is! We just celebrated 29 years this past April, and she is the most amazing woman that I know… Why she loves me like she does I think I will never understand. She has stood by me and nursed me back to health after multible back surgeries. So I do agree that she is a “keeper”!

            Munro

          • Mikial

            Yes, by all means cherish her. It took me three tries to find the wonderful woman I have now, and now that i have her i will never let her go. A good woman is like a good gun . . dependable, a magnificent performer, stands by you in everything, and fits your hand perfectly. 😉

            My best wishes to you and your lady in every way.

  • Outlaw

    It’s almost always available at most of the local gun shops at prices ranging from a couple of dollars higher than what used to pass as normal to double normal. The local Walmart has it occasionally but purchases there are limited to three boxes per day. I have a buddy there who will let me get a few extra when he can but I only find it there maybe once a month or many times less often than that. Walmart selection usually ranges from Winchester 100rd boxes to Winchester 1000rd boxes at least at the local store. Other brands aren’t available often at all maybe once every three or four months they might get some CCI or Federal but WW is the most available brand there.

    CCI is almost always available at several of the local shops. Remington seems to be the most scarce of all brands here I hardly ever see any of it.

    I don’t consider myself as a hoarder, I just buy it when I can find it at a reasonable price because you never know when you will see it again or if you will ever see it again. I refuse to pay double though. I’ll shoot 9mm as it’s almost as cheap and sometimes less expensive than the gouger’s prices.

    I planned ahead for the 2012 panic on the centerfire side but I got fooled on the .22lr scarcity badly. I never dreamed there would come a time when there wouldn’t be .22’s available, I just didn’t think that was even possible. I left many, many boxes of cheap .22’s sitting on the shelves while stockpiling 9mm .45ACP and .223’s and I could have kicked myself when it became so scarce, but I have never ran out, and I never plan to either unless Hillary (I GAG at the thought of her possibly being elected as big a proven a liar, and as downright unfit to hold the office as she has been proven to be) bans all ammunition manufactures from selling to the public.

    I have thought it for a while now, and after what has happened in the last few days, I am now really seriously beginning to think we are going to need all we can get our hand’s on real soon the way things are starting to go down. Something is about to break loose in a bad way and it isn’t going to be pretty.

  • Brennen Munro

    Another wonderful rifle that has practicality, charm, and reminds us of a quality not found in many of todays plastic, “cheap” (not in an inexpensive way), and boring firearms. Thanks Scott!

    I have an old single shot Ithica lever action in .22cal. I will be using that to teach my grandchildren how to shoot when ever I have some, my children are not even married yet, so that may be some time away… I will say that it is a wonderful little rifle that is very accurate, and being a single shot it helps you to focus on the fundimentals and not just blow through ammo searching for accuracy through volume! My go too hunting .22 is my Marlin model 60, with a nice small 4 power scope squirrels and rabbits become meat pies, broils, and soups!

    .22cal LR has been availible here in central NC for a while now, although the best prices are still to be found online. I was lucky in that I had several bricks each of different types on hand before everyone seemed to loose their minds. I was not hoarding any, this is just what I try to keep around because of shooting. At that time I was also shooting in a .22cal League that shot each week, so I guess I had more on hand than most did.

    Munro